Clear eyes, full hearts: The keys to USA victory in Honduras

Hunter Martin

As always, Coach Taylor has the wise words and keys to victory.

"Give all of gathered here tonight the strength to remember that life so very fragile. We are all vulnerable and we will all, at some point in our lives, fall. We will all fall.

"We must carry this in our hearts. That what we have is special. That it can be taken form us, and that when it is taken from us, we will be tested. We will be tested to our very souls. We will now all be tested.

"It is these times, it is this pain, that allows us to look inside ourselves."

Nobody -- absolutely nobody -- leads better than Coach Taylor. Three state title game appearances and two state titles prove it.

The United States will be tested today in Honduras. The Catrachos have some physical players and will be backed by 40,000 raucous Hondurans. Is the U.S. special? Can they rise to the challenge? Let's find out.

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